March 3rd, 2017

Vertical strip of Washington stamps stared at Siegel. The lot fetched US$165,200 is excited to let our readers know that Robert A. Siegel Auction Galleries of New York auctioned the Barry K. Schwartz collection of Washington-Franklin bluish-paper stamps Feb. 28.

Among the stellar lots was this vertical strip of three of the Washington 4¢ stamps that was sold for US$165,200. The unique lot has found its owner!

Barry Schwartz began his collection of this issue in 1977, when he acquired some rare plate blocks in Siegel’s sale of the collection of W. Parsons Todd, who had bought some of the original dispersals of bluish-paper stamps more than six decades earlier. Over the years, Schwartz built his collection up to the point where Siegel called it “the finest and most comprehensive … ever formed” of the bluish-paper stamps.

A vertical strip of three of the 4¢ is “the only imprint and plate number strip … in private hands,” according to the Siegel catalog description. It is one of the most important 20th century United States philatelic items extant. The strip sold for $165,200, including the 18 percent buyer’s premium charged by Siegel on all lots.

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